Casa Miralago is located above Lake Viñuela, close to the white village of Canillas de Aceituno in one of Andalucia’s most unexplored yet accessible areas. An easy drive from the renowned beaches and coastal resorts of the eastern Costa del Sol, the surrounding area offers some breathtakingly spectacular landscapes, reached by stunning, snaking mountain roads.
Fans of outdoor pursuits will be spoilt for choice during their stay at Casa Miralago. The properties are located on the doorstep of some of the best hiking trails in Malaga. These include a 7-hour hike which will take you to the summit of the province’s highest mountain range – La Maroma – which can be seen from the property.
If you’d prefer to get your blood pumping on a bike ride, there are also some fabulous mountain biking tracks in the countryside surrounding the Cortijo – and the properties’ dedicated concierge team would be more than happy to arrange a guided tour of the best with a local expert.
A stay at Casa Miralago is a gourmet heaven: not only does the local micro-climate provide a wealth of fabulous produce – from tropical fruit and avocados, to olive oil and wine – but the Axarquia also offers a wide choice of excellent restaurants to keep the most avid foodies thoroughly satisfied. Our favourites are: Sollun and Oliva in Nerja, La Sociedad and El Bodegon De Juan Maria in Canillas de Aceituno and Venta El Charco in Los Romanes, La Viñuela.
The Axarquia region of Malaga province is bordered by the sea to the south, and two mountain ranges, the Sierra de Aljama to the north and east, and the Montes de Malaga to the west.
There are a handful of main entry points to the region from the coast. Firstly, from newly updated beach resort of Torre del Mar, from where you can easily explore the neighbouring towns of Velez-Malaga, the capital of this region, with its restored castle, and then on to Colmenar and Comares. Secondly, from Torrox, to reach Competa; and, finally, from Nerja, for Frigiliana, one of the prettiest of the area’s ‘pueblos blancos’.
With its sub-tropical climate this agricultural region is well-known for the quality of its avocados, mangoes and fine Moscatel wines – and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy these in many excellent local restaurants.
For more of a city vibe, head west to Malaga and explore the stylish old town, bustling tapas bars and upmarket waterfront promenade, before dancing the night away in one of the city’s roof-top hangouts overlooking the magnificent ancient Alcazaba.